$100 Million awarded Since 1994 6,000 Satisfied Clients
You're in the right
place. We can help.
free consultation

How We Handle Your Hit & Run Claim

You never expected to need a hit and run attorney, but a sudden accident has changed everything. The driver struck you—your body or your vehicle—and sped off, leaving you injured and your life in shambles. Now you need someone on your side who can help you pick up the pieces and get your life back.

Hit and Run Lawyers With 25+ Years of Experience

Hit and run accidents are uniquely devastating. They’re also uniquely challenging when it comes to investigating the cause of the crash and identifying the driver and any other legally or financially liable parties.

It takes an experienced hit and run lawyer to handle the intricacies of a case like yours. At Console & Associates, we have a history of holding the drivers who cause hit and run accidents accountable and getting maximum compensation for their victims. Our hit and run accident lawyers have gotten our clients numerous six-figure settlements by thoroughly investigating hit and run accidents and meticulously building their cases for success.

Hit and run accidents are complicated, but we’ll figure it out together. For your free, confidential consultation, call (866) 778-5500 today.

What Is Considered a Hit and Run?

The hit and run definition is an accident in which a driver fled the scene illegally. Historically 11 to 12% of motor vehicle accidents have been hit and runs since 2006, according to AAA.

When a collision occurs, all motorists involved are required to stop their vehicles. Generally, they must render aid if necessary, which may include calling 911 to bring emergency medical personnel to the scene. Motorists are typically required to identify themselves and provide their auto insurance information. If an injury or significant property damage occurred, they are usually obligated to report the collision to the police.

Improperly leaving the scene of the collision is breaking the law, regardless of whether the person who flees was at fault for causing the crash. In addition to being cited for traffic safety violations, hit and run drivers may face criminal charges and civil liability for the damage their victims suffered.

Examples of hit and run collisions may include:

  • A driver striking one or more vehicles and failing to stop at all
  • A motorist striking a pedestrian, bicyclist, skateboarder, or another victim not in a vehicle and continuing on without stopping
  • A driver who takes off when you attempt to get their information or before the police reach the scene of the accident

Hit and run accident cases are particularly disturbing because a victim suffered injuries, and—instead of administering first aid or at least calling for help—the fleeing driver left them to suffer in pain or to potentially lose their lives. Attorneys like Console & Associates P.C. take hit and run cases extremely seriously and undertake detailed investigations to identify the at-fault driver or other legally and financially responsible parties.

Why Do Hit and Run Accidents Occur?

Motor vehicle accidents happen for many reasons, but most drivers—even when they’re at fault for the collision—don’t just flee the scene. Often, hit and run accidents occur when the motorist that leaves the scene of the crash was already breaking the law prior to getting in a wreck.

Some of the more common hit and run accident causes include:

  • Drunk driving. Driving while impaired by alcohol or any other drug is illegal, and the penalties can be serious. Sometimes when impaired drivers get into an accident, they leave the scene to avoid being caught driving under the influence.
  • Uninsured driving. Most states require drivers to carry auto insurance that covers any damage they may cause in a collision. Driving without insurance coverage is a violation of the law, and the driver could get in trouble for failing to have insurance even if they did not cause the crash.
  • Driving without a valid license or with outstanding tickets and warrants. A hit and run driver may be in other types of legal trouble. For example, the driver may have a warrant out for their arrest and be running from the law. Alternatively, the driver may have unpaid tickets or even have lost their driver’s license entirely and be on the road without a valid license. Whatever the case, a motorist is more likely to run from the scene when they know they are in trouble beyond the consequences of this accident.
  • In some situations, a driver may just panic. They might not have been breaking the law in any other capacity besides any traffic safety violations that contributed to the crash. However, they panic and make the terrible—and illegal—decision to flee the scene, and doing so puts you at greater risk.    

Leaving the scene of an accident, especially when an injured person needs your help, is unacceptable. If someone struck you in a hit and run accident, you deserve answers, accountability, and compensation for the harm you’ve suffered. A hit and run attorney can help.

What Are the Steps to Be Followed After a Hit and Run Accident?

Even if you know what to do in the event of an accident (and many drivers don’t), a driver fleeing the scene can throw off your plans. What steps should you take when the other driver has disappeared?

  1. Get to safety. If the other driver left you in a dangerous position, your number-one priority must be to get to a safe place. Move your vehicle if you can safely do so, or at least move your body out of the roadway so that you won’t be at risk of being struck a second time.
  2. Stay on the scene. Don’t attempt to chase the fleeing driver down. Instead, remain at the scene, where you can speak to the authorities and get checked out for injuries. If you try to catch up to the other driver, you, too, are leaving the scene of the accident. You’re also risking getting into an altercation with a driver who has already shown that they are not afraid to break the law.
  3. Call 911. A hit and run motor vehicle accident is a big deal. Call for emergency help to bring the police to the scene to investigate the crash and make an accident report.
  4. Seek medical help. Calling 911 for an accident can also bring emergency medical personnel to the scene. Allow them to examine you and provide stabilizing care. You should seek a more thorough examination at a hospital emergency department, an urgent care facility, or a regular doctor’s office.
  5. Collect evidence. While you wait for the authorities and medical personnel to arrive, attempt to (safely) gather any evidence pertaining to the crash. Take photos, videos, and notes of the scene using your phone. If you were able to identify the driver’s license plate number (even a partial plate number), car make and model, and any distinguishing features of the car or driver, record those details right away. The more information you can provide to the police, the better the chances of them being able to find the driver.
  6. Speak to a hit and run accident attorney. Any hit and run accident that causes injury is a serious matter. These situations are complex, and having a lawyer with experience in hit and run accident law is crucial to getting the money you deserve. A lawyer can draw on accident reconstruction services to understand what happened and prove the driver’s negligence.
  7. Notify your insurance company. Even if the driver who fled the scene caused the accident, you still need to notify your insurance company. If you live in a no-fault state, your own insurer must cover your medical expenses. In the case that the driver is never identified, you may have the option to seek compensation through any uninsured motorist (UM) coverage included in your auto insurance policy. Ideally, you should let an attorney handle all matters pertaining to hit and run accident insurance.

What Are the Types of Injuries Caused by Hit and Run Accidents?

Some of the most common types of injuries that result from a hit and run driver’s negligence include:

  • Cuts, burns, and bruises, which may require medical treatment
  • Whiplash, herniated discs, and other soft tissue injuries, which can cause pain and loss of function even though they don’t appear on X-rays
  • Broken bones, which may require treatments such as slings, casts, surgery, and physical therapy
  • Limb loss and amputation, which can have major effects on your mobility, independence, function, and self-image
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis, which can be partial or complete and can severely impact your life
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which can cause a variety of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and communication changes and symptoms

A hit and run accident can cause all of the same types of injuries that go along with pedestrian accidents, drunk driving accidents, and other types of auto accidents. The difference is that, because the driver fled the scene without rendering aid, a hit and run accident injury may be allowed to worsen unless the injured person is able to get help for themselves.

When Should You Hire an Attorney After Suffering a Hit and Run Accident?

It may be worth hiring a hit and run accident lawyer when you have suffered any significant injury due to someone else’s negligence. Hit and run cases are complicated, which makes having an attorney on your side all the more important. You need someone with the experience to investigate these challenging cases and identify all possible sources of coverage from which you could seek compensation.

The sooner you bring on a hit and run attorney, the earlier they can launch an investigation into the crash. Having fresh evidence is critical for proving legal liability in any personal injury claim, and waiting to get a lawyer involved may allow evidence to fade away or disappear entirely. This evidence is necessary for getting the hit and run accident settlement you deserve.

How to Prove Negligence in a Hit and Run Legal Claim

To prove negligence in a legal claim, you must establish that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that a breach of duty occurred that caused or contributed to the accident, and that damages resulted.

The hit and run driver’s duty of care may have been as simple as following traffic safety laws, not endangering others on the road, and staying at the scene of a crash to render aid. Proving the breach of duty of care—the traffic violations that caused the crash and the fleeing of the scene—may require an extensive investigation that includes accident reconstruction. To prove your legal damages, a hit and run attorney will document all of the economic and non-economic losses you suffered, from your medical bills and lost wages to the pain and emotional anguish you experienced.

What Will a Hit and Run Claims Lawyer Cost You?

It costs nothing upfront to get an experienced hit and run attorney involved in your case. Under Console & Associates’ No Fee Promise, we offer every potential client a free, no-obligation legal consultation and no-win, no-fee legal representation.

Our affordable hit and run lawyers advance the costs of pursuing your claim, including securing the services of expert witnesses in accident reconstruction. We don’t get paid until we’ve successfully gotten you a hit and run settlement.

Why Choose Console & Associates for Legal Representation?

To get the best hit and run settlement you can, you should hire professional legal representation. Studies by the Insurance Research Council have shown that attorneys get their clients, on average, 3.5 times more money than unrepresented claimants get.

The law firm of Console & Associates, P.C. has more than 25 years of experience representing auto accident victims and securing hit and run settlement offers that fairly compensate our clients for all of the types of damages they suffered. Our diligent work investigating crashes, calculating damages, and representing clients throughout all legal proceedings has allowed us to negotiate hit and run settlement amounts in the six figures when warranted. Our service to clients begins with their initial, free legal consultation, where we review the facts of their case at no charge, answer injured victims’ questions, and explain what to expect from the legal claims process.

Schedule a Free Consultation

Hiring an attorney familiar with hit and run laws and successful strategies for personal injury claims improves your chance of getting the money you deserve. Putting your claim in the hands of a lawyer also simplifies and streamlines the legal process, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of a legal claim while you’re trying to get better.

To find the best hit and run lawyers for your claim, you should look at a law firm’s history of success, including its years of experience working in hit and run law, its results, and what clients say. You should also take advantage of a free legal consultation to acquire valuable legal advice from qualified professionals and get to know how a firm’s team treats the clients they serve.

Get your case started today with a free consultation. Just call Console & Associates, P.C. at (866) 778-5500.

Hit and Run Accident FAQs

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Hit and Run?

Although you can pursue an auto accident claim without an attorney, it’s not recommended, especially for serious injuries that result from a hit and run collision. An attorney can add value to your claim by thoroughly investigating the accident, carefully documenting and calculating your damages, and fighting for the full amount of money you deserve. It costs nothing upfront to hire hit and run lawyers like Console & Associates P.C.

How Do I Choose a Hit and Run Attorney Near Me?

You could run an Internet search for “hit and run lawyer near me,” but that doesn’t mean it’s wise to choose the first attorney you stumble across. Take the time to find out what a law firm’s clients have to say about the services they received and to look at the attorney’s results, especially in handling hit and run matters.

How Much Can You Get From a Hit and Run Lawsuit?

Settlements for hit and run lawsuits should cover your legal damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, up to the limits of the insurance policy. Depending on the specific facts of your case, this could be tens of thousands of dollars or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Hit and Run Accident References and Resources

Free Case Evaluation Easy. Quick. Confidential. *Field Required